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10 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Cassie Deegan
12th Dec 2019

School’s out and Melbourne officially in summer-mode. There’s heaps to do in Melbourne this weekend, so there’s no need to escape to the beach. 

From the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra helping us to get into the Christmas spirit, shows from our favourite satirical newspaper, more Christmas Markets and a high-tea perfect for cheese-lovers, there’s something for everyone to do this weekend.

Awkward Portraits At Preston Market

Channel your best blue steel stare, prom pose or dorky high school photo, then chuck on an ugly Christmas sweater and make it festive.

Melbourne-based photographer Karin Locke is taking her awkward portraits to Preston Market this Thursday and letting marketgoers loosen up a bit and take themselves a bit less seriously. So, swap your meticulously crafted Instagram feeds for something goofier, even if it is just for the silly season.

What: Awkward Portrait Christmas Pop-Up
Where: Preston Market - 30 Centreway, Preston 3072
When: Thursday 12th December, 11am - 3pm
For more info, click

Music Festivals Everywhere

As the mercury rises, Melbourne also turns up the heat on all things music. December is the month of music festivals and this weekend is no exception. Petting Zoo is bringing us headliners like Franky Rizardo, Weiss and Route 94 at their wild one-day festival. Electronic monthly-favourite Piknic is back again for their 6th season with acts like Moodymann, Mr. G and DJ John Jammin Collins at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

If you’re able to snap up some resale tickets Meredith Music Festival is taking over the Supernatural Theatre this weekend, over 2 nights and 3 days Meredith Music festival promises a 4-dimensional ‘eucalyptic extravaganza, handmade for humans - that sounds like an ideal weekend away if you ask us.

What: The Petting Zoo (14th Dec), Piknic Electronik (15th Dec) & Meredith Music Festival (13th, 14th & 15th)
Where: Various locations

Xmas Mini Market Pop-Up At The Craft & Co.

If you didn’t get the chance to try Craft & Co’s highest-selling Gingerbread Gin the geniuses behind the Christmas gin and sell-out Xmas Gin Market are going one further and holding a mini pop-up market this Sunday.

They’ve created an adults-only boozy Gingerbread Gin ice-cream with the guys at Fritz gelato that will go down a treat with the rest of the gins and wines on offer to taste and take home.

What: Craft & Co Xmas Mini Market Pop-Up
Where: The Craft & Co. - 390 Smith St., Collingwood
When: 15th December, 12 - 6pm
For more info, click

Betoota Advocate Live 

Australia’s (self-acclaimed) most trusted newspaper all the way from the town of Betoota is guiding us through the last 4 years of news.

From scandalous ball-tampering scandals to the slew of Prime Ministers none of us care to remember, the Betoota Advocate will take us through the nation’s journey of chaos and confusion, and how the two masterminds behind the paper go about making their entirely factual and news-worthy headlines and articles.

What: Betoota Advocate Live
Where: Alex Theatre - 135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
When: 14th December, 7 - 10pm
For more info and to buy tickets, click

Cheese High Tea At Milk the Cow

Carlton’s favourite fromagerie and purveyor of our all-time favourite combination of wine and cheese - Milk the Cow is stepping it up a notch this Saturday.

In collaboration with Queen of Desserts; Christy Tania from Glacé, the high-tea menu features all cheese-infused creations. From Granny Smith replicas oozing Gjetost to high-tea essential - scones (infused with Quicke’s Oak Smoked Cheddar no less) all your cheese needs are covered. They haven’t forgotten the wine either—there’s a perfectly paired Flight of Sparkling to kick off the afternoon.

What: Cheese High Tea
Where: Milk the Cow - 323 Lygon St, Carlton
When: 14th December, 3 - 5pm
For more info and to buy tickets, click

Chicago Opening Night

The hit Broadway musical is returning to Melbourne for its 2019/20 season, with opening night this Saturday at the State Theatre.

The sexed-up 1996 revival was an immediate hit and the longest-running Broadway revival of all time. The Australian star-studded cast featuring Casey Donovan, Jason Donovan and Natalie Bassingthwaighte will transport you to Jazz-age Chicago with hits like ‘Mr Cellophane’ and ‘All That Jazz’.

What: Chicago the Musical
Where: State Theatre - 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: 14th December - 16th Februrary
For more info, click

Vegan Christmas Market At Fed Square

Does the thought of the classic Christmas ham, turkey or chicken make you squirm? If so, The Melbourne Collective are bringing a 100% Vegan Market to Federation Square this weekend.

The Atrium will be filled with over 70 products which are all vegan, ethical and sustainable as well as all-vegan food and beverages to enjoy throughout the day.

What: Vegan Christmas Market
Where: The Atrium @ Federation Square - Swanston St & Federation St, Melbourne
When: 15th December, 10am - 4pm
For more info, click

Home Alone in Concert

If watching all your favourite Christmas movies on Netflix just isn’t cutting it anymore kick it up a notch with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Experience one of our favourite festive flicks Home Alone with a full orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey and joined by a full choir to replicate the award-winning score by John Williams.

What: Home Alone in Concert
Where: Hamer Hall - 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: 13th and 14th December, 7:30 - 10pm
For more info and to buy tickets, click

Adelphi Hotel Weekend Summer Sessions

Nothing screams summer like a good ol’ Aperol Spritz. To celebrate 100 years of Aperol, the Adelphi Hotel is teaming up with Campari Group to bring Melbournians a summer session every Saturday and Sunday on their iconic rooftop pool deck.

Enjoy classic Italian Aperitivo drinks and pool snacks served up by Om Nom Kitchen. So, there’s no need to escape the city to spend your summer weekends right.

What: Adelphi Hotel Weekend Summer Sessions
Where: Adelphi Hotel - 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
When: Every Saturday and Sunday until March, 12:30pm onwards
For more info, click

St Ali NYE Party

St Ali is celebrating their 15th birthday by holding a laneway party that promises to kick the new year off the right way.

Starting early in the AM, begin (or continue—we aren’t judging) your new year's celebrations with St Ali who are championing the best of South Melbourne—its best music, chefs, beverages and performers. Get limbered up for a day of dancing with Yoke Yoga at 9am, and pair your coffee with a special NYD croissant from Lune Croissanterie.

Where: St Ali - 12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
When: 1 January 2020, 7am - late
For more info, click

If you're looking for more stuff to do around Melbourne, hit up our Things To Do section.

Image credit: Griffin Simm

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